and the marathon goes off in hopkington in boston. the runners proceed through a course past boston college, down commonwealth avenue, on to boylston street, the finish line. at the fin flush line, it's a community of strangers, lawrence, you know all of this. people from around the world, from around this country, gather to cheer on relatives, friends, sisters, daughters, husbands, what have you. most of the runners after the first 2 1/2 hours of the race have concluded are people running for specific purposes. running in memory of a loved one. running to raise awareness for cancer for muscular dystrophy, for cystic fibrosis, for aids, all sorts of causes. today, there were many running to honor those lost in newtown, connecticut. several people from newtown were among the runners. more than several people in the stands were from the newtown, connecticut, area.